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Jeff Bezos was inspired to colonize space by his lifelong obsession with Star Trek

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin has dreamed of colonizing the stars ever since he watched the Apollo 11 moon landing when he was five-years-old. The ‘seminal’ moment for him, sparked a life-long passion with outer space. 

His first successful commercial flight to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere this morning not only marks the fruition of a childhood dream – but the full evolution of his die-hard obsession with Star Trek. 

After returning from the 10-minute tour into space with his brother, Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old aviation pioneer, Wally Funk – Bezos exclaimed that it was the ‘best day ever!’  

The billionaire has made no secret of his ambition to relocate humans to massive spinning space colonies akin to the ships in his favorite sci-fi television series, Star Trek. It eventually led to his founding of Blue Origin in the year 2000. 

In fact, Star Trek has been a thread of inspiration for many decisions over the years. In 2016, he told the Washington Post that he modeled Amazon’s Echo device after the voice activated talking computers on Starship Enterprise.   

Long before that, Bezos considered naming his trillion dollar e-commerce company ‘MakeItSo.com,’ as a tribute to a catch phrase used by his hero, the fictional character, ‘Captain Jean-Luc Picard.’   

Over the years, Bezos has slowly modeled his image off Picard’s look. Sometime in 2013, Bezos shaved the residue strands on his balding hairline to copy the look of his interstellar idol. 

Driving Jeff Bezos’ vision to colonize space is the product his lifelong obsession with Star Trek and sci-fi novels. He is said to have modeled his look after his hero, the fictional character named ‘Captain Jean-Luc Picard’ 

Bezos recalled playing Star Trek with his friends everyday in grade school: 'We would fight over who got to be Captain Kirk (above) or Mr. Spock, and somebody played the computer too. We made little cardboard phasers and tricorders. Good days'

Bezos recalled playing Star Trek with his friends everyday in grade school: ‘We would fight over who got to be Captain Kirk (above) or Mr. Spock, and somebody played the computer too. We made little cardboard phasers and tricorders. Good days’  

Bezos' lifelong spacefaring ambitions are no secret. He has invested billions of his own money into making Blue Origin a success. When reporters tracked down his high-school girlfriend in recent years, she said, 'The reason he's earning so much money is to get to outer space'

Bezos’ lifelong spacefaring ambitions are no secret. He has invested billions of his own money into making Blue Origin a success. When reporters tracked down his high-school girlfriend in recent years, she said, ‘The reason he’s earning so much money is to get to outer space’

Funk After returning from the 10-minute tour into space with his brother, Mark Bezos (far right), Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old aviation pioneer, Wally Funk - Bezos exclaimed that it was the 'best day ever!'

Funk After returning from the 10-minute tour into space with his brother, Mark Bezos (far right), Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old aviation pioneer, Wally Funk – Bezos exclaimed that it was the ‘best day ever!’

In his graduation speech as valedictorian of Miami Palmetto Senior High School's class of 1982, Bezos told the audience of his intention 'to get all people off the Earth and see it turned into a huge national park'

In his graduation speech as valedictorian of Miami Palmetto Senior High School’s class of 1982, Bezos told the audience of his intention ‘to get all people off the Earth and see it turned into a huge national park’

A model of the Starship Enterprise spaceship from the original films takes pride of place in the lobby of Blue Origin's headquarters in Kent, Washington. It sits next to a two-story-tall Jules Verne-inspired rocket sculpture

A model of the Starship Enterprise spaceship from the original films takes pride of place in the lobby of Blue Origin’s headquarters in Kent, Washington. It sits next to a two-story-tall Jules Verne-inspired rocket sculpture

A friend told The Atlantic that he also ‘adopted his strenuous fitness regimen in anticipation of the day that he, too, would journey to the heavens.’ Long gone is the slovenly appearance of a self described ‘geeky bookseller.’ 

Bezos recalled playing Star Trek with his friends everyday in grade school: ‘We would fight over who got to be Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock, and somebody played the computer too. We made little cardboard phasers and tricorders. Good days,’ he told the Washington Post. 

This morning before the inaugural liftoff, Christina Bezos sent a message of support to her brothers, reminding them of their roots when they pretended to be the Starship Enterprise crew in long car rides. 

‘Jeff would be Captain Kirk, Mark took on the role of, Sulu, and ‘I would be and Uhura, as we would battle Klingons while firing torpedoes.’  

‘We were all Trekkies,’ his mother said to Inc.com. ‘It got to the point where Jeff would quote the lines, he was so captivated.’  

In his graduation speech as valedictorian of Miami Palmetto Senior High School’s class of 1982, Bezos told the audience of his intention ‘to get all people off the Earth and see it turned into a huge national park.’ 

He ended his sermon with a play on the Star Trek tagline: ‘Space, the final frontier. Meet me there.’

When reporters tracked down Bezos’s high-school girlfriend in recent years, she said, ‘The reason he’s earning so much money is to get to outer space.’  

Bezos' unabashed fanaticism for the sci-fi television show began in childhood. 'We were all Trekkies,' his mother said. 'It got to the point where Jeff would quote the lines, he was so captivated'

Bezos’ unabashed fanaticism for the sci-fi television show began in childhood. ‘We were all Trekkies,’ his mother said. ‘It got to the point where Jeff would quote the lines, he was so captivated’

Bezos appealed to the filmmakers of Star Trek Beyond to give him a cameo as a Starfleet official. 'For years, I have been begging Paramount to let me be in a Star Trek movie,' he told an audience at Comic-Con. 'I said, 'Look, I’ll put any amount of makeup on. I’ll be invisible, nobody will know it’s me. But I want a speaking part, and I want it to be in a scene that is central to the story line'

Bezos appealed to the filmmakers of Star Trek Beyond to give him a cameo as a Starfleet official. ‘For years, I have been begging Paramount to let me be in a Star Trek movie,’ he told an audience at Comic-Con. ‘I said, ‘Look, I’ll put any amount of makeup on. I’ll be invisible, nobody will know it’s me. But I want a speaking part, and I want it to be in a scene that is central to the story line’

Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer says that Bezos ambitions conjure a more nefarious aspect of the Star Trek universe. 'The man who styles himself as the heroic Jean-Luc Picard has thus built a business that better resembles Picard's archenemy, the Borg'

Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer says that Bezos ambitions conjure a more nefarious aspect of the Star Trek universe. ‘The man who styles himself as the heroic Jean-Luc Picard has thus built a business that better resembles Picard’s archenemy, the Borg’

Bezos presents an artist rendering of what space colonies can look like. Inspired by a book called The High Frontier he imagines 'mile long cyndrical tubes' that would sustain an entire biosphere. The Atlantic said, Bezos sounds 'rapturous' when he describes these colonies. 'This is Maui on its best day, all year long. No rain, no storms, no earthquakes'

Bezos presents an artist rendering of what space colonies can look like. Inspired by a book called The High Frontier he imagines ‘mile long cyndrical tubes’ that would sustain an entire biosphere. The Atlantic said, Bezos sounds ‘rapturous’ when he describes these colonies. ‘This is Maui on its best day, all year long. No rain, no storms, no earthquakes’

Bezos' infatuation with Star Trek has carried on though his professional and personal lives. Bezos originally considered naming his trillion dollar e-commerce company 'MakeItSo.com,' as a tribute to a catch phrase used by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He named his dog Kamala, after an obscure female character that appears in one episode. He has a holding company called Zefram LLC, is named after the the character who invented warp drive. He has also said hat the inspiration behind Amazon's Echo device came from Star Trek's talking computers

Bezos’ infatuation with Star Trek has carried on though his professional and personal lives. Bezos originally considered naming his trillion dollar e-commerce company ‘MakeItSo.com,’ as a tribute to a catch phrase used by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He named his dog Kamala, after an obscure female character that appears in one episode. He has a holding company called Zefram LLC, is named after the the character who invented warp drive. He has also said hat the inspiration behind Amazon’s Echo device came from Star Trek’s talking computers 

His unabashed fanaticism for Star Trek and its many spinoffs carried on though his professional and personal lives.

He named his dog Kamala, after an obscure female character that appears in one episode as Picard’s ‘perfect’ but unattainable mate.

He has a holding company called Zefram LLC, is named after the the character who invented warp drive.   

In 2016, Bezos appealed to the filmmakers of Star Trek Beyond to give him a cameo as a Starfleet official. 

‘For years, I have been begging Paramount to let me be in a Star Trek movie,’ he told an audience at Comic-Con. ‘I said, ‘Look, I’ll put any amount of makeup on. I’ll be invisible, nobody will know it’s me. But I want a speaking part, and I want it to be in a scene that is central to the story line.’ 

In May 2019, Bezos laid out his grand vision for humanity in an impassioned speech, showing concept art for space colonies that could house billions of humans. 

‘We can have a trillion humans in the solar system, which means we’d have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins. This would be an incredible civilization,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Amazon has expanded aggressively across many sectors of commercial life, and is simultaneously a retail, entertainment and cloud computing titan with increasing ties to the federal government.

Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer says that ambitions like that conjure a different image from the Star Trek universe.

‘The man who styles himself as the heroic Jean-Luc Picard has thus built a business that better resembles Picard’s archenemy, the Borg,’ Foer writes, ‘a society-swallowing entity that informs victims, You will be assimilated and Resistance is futile.’    


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